HC Deb 16 April 1981 vol 3 c266W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department who gave, and for what reasons, permission for an American broadcasting station to be installed and operated from the Duke of York's Theatre, St. Martin's Lane, for direct broadcasts to New York.

Mr. Mayhew

I understand that for five hours each day between 6 and 10 April an American radio company, WOR, with the co-operation of Capital Radio, sent programme material from a studio at the Duke of York's theatre, via satellite, to its studios in New York for broadcasting over the WOR network in the USA.

International telecommunications facilities of this kind are frequently provided between broadcasting organisations in different countries. The transmission or reception facilities in the United Kingdom can be provided only by, or under licence from, British Telecom, and I understand that the link between the Duke of York's theatre and New York was provided by British Telecom.